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Playing it Close to the Chest: Regional Anesthesia Techniques for Cardiac Surgery

Nathan, Naveen MD

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doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004891
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In the era of enhanced recovery after surgery, a primary objective has been at the forefront of patient management: employ multimodal analgesia and minimize opiate exposure/dependence. As such, regional anesthesia techniques have emerged with enthusiasm. In the setting of cardiac surgery, a variety of such interventional analgesic strategies are described in a narrative review by Kelava et al.1 This infographic summarizes their review; however, for a detailed description of these various methods, the reader is encouraged to read the referenced article in its entirety.

LA indicates local anesthetic.


1. Kelava M, Alfirevic A, Bustamante S, Hargrave J, Marciniak D. Regional anesthesia in cardiac surgery: an overview of fascial plane chest wall blocks. Anesth Analg. 2020;131:127–135.
2. Haskins SC, Memtsoudis SG. Fascial plane blocks for cardiac surgery: new frontiers in analgesia and nomenclature. Anesth Analg. 2020;131:125–126.
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